Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Bash Ali granted bail after being charged for alleged insult on Sports Minister

A Gudu Upper Area Court, Abuja have granted N100,000 bail to controversial boxer, Bashiru Ali (a.k.a.Bash Ali) docked for alleged criminal trespass.

The judge, Umar Kagarko, on Wednesday ordered the defendant to provide one surety in like sum that must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and adjourned the case till June 15 for hearing.

The defendant, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, was arraigned on April 3, on a four-count charge bordering on criminal trespass, intentional insult, inciting public disturbance and refusal to make statement.

The judge had adjourned ruling on the defendant’s bail application after the defence counsel, Tajudeen Adegbite, applied for his bail on own recognisance.

Prosecutor, Oyeyemi Adeniyi, had told the court that the defendant criminally trespassed into the office of the Minister of Sport and Youth Development, Federal Secretariat, Abuja.

He said the defendant forcefully entered the office without the minister’s invitation and intentionally insulted the minister.

Mr. Adeniyi said the defendant’s action attracted crowd and disrupted the activities of the ministry before the police within the premises intervened.

He said that the defendant refused to make statement to the police when he was arrested.

The offences, according to the prosecuting counsel contravened Sections 348, 399, 114 and 143 of the Penal Code.

The defendant denied committing the offences.

Bash Ali had visited the office of the Minister of sport to solicit support for a proposed boxing bout which he believes will make him the oldest boxing champion in the world.

He alleged that he was beaten, man handled and thrown out by police officers attached to the minister's office.

He has also fallen out with previous sport ministers as well.

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